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Riddlehamhope Hall Bastle

In the civil parish of Hexhamshire.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY91154997
Latitude 54.84447° Longitude -2.13969°

Riddlehamhope Hall Bastle has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are masonry footings remains.


Solitary form bastle. Byre entrance in gable end (Ryder 1990).
The ruins of Riddlehamhope Hall are remotely sited at the head of the Beldon Burn. The house in its latest form appears to have been a Victorian shooting lodge; only the eastern part remains in a derelict condition. Attached to the west end of the house was a range of outbuildings, now largely demolished. The west end of this range is formed by a ruinous building 11.9m by 6.9m externally, which from its rubble fabric, large roughly shaped angle quoins (best seen at the north west corner) and wall thicknesses of 1.2m, seems certain to have been a bastle. A ragged break in the centre of the west wall may indicate the position of the byre doorway, although there are hints (a depression in the grassed over debris) of a central opening in the east end as well. The north wall is the best preserved part, standing to 1.5m; midway along is a window opening of no great age, but close to the east end is an original slit vent, formed of large slabs set diagonally to the wall face in the typical bastle manner. More details of the building would be revealed if the loose debris were cleared from it (Ryder 1994-5). (Northumberland HER)
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